I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Howard University, where I research and teach on American constitutionalism, civil rights, federalism, DC politics and statehood, and slavery and abolition. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

I have published in The Journal of Politics, Polity, The Tulsa Law Review, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post. My first book, Hidden Laws: How State Constitutions Stabilize American Politics, was published in 2021 by Yale University Press.